Today, Hockey's Future released their 11-20th ranked prospects for Spring 2013 and the first and likely only Ranger "prospect" finally showed up at the 19th slot. Chris Kreider, up until very recently has not had the rookie season fans and coaches expected out of him. Early season struggles during the lockout with the Whale and post lockout struggles with the Rangers before being demoted on February 28th likely caused Kreider's ranking to slide to 19th from his preseason rank of 11.
Hockey's Future had this to say about Kreider's rookie campaign so far:
With outstanding speed and excellent size, Chris Kreider has the raw materials to be every team's dream power forward. He had three productive seasons at Boston College as well as good international experience, and once he went pro, the Rangers had enough confidence to insert him in their lineup for the 2012 playoffs. Kreider impressed, both with his offensive abilities and his willingness to play a strong defensive game. His 2012-13 campaign has been much less impressive, and he has had some difficulties adjusting to the rigors of the everyday professional game. During this season he has shown signs of being one of the best prospects in the league, particularly during his last demotion to the AHL, but he does not look to be as much of a sure thing as he did last summer.
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Kreider's struggles up to this point have been well documented but in the 3 games he's been back, Kreider has turned into completely different guy. His puck tentativeness seems to be gone, more improved play on the boards chasing down pucks and a new found chemistry with JT Miller. Kreider is going to be one of the guys Torts will have to rely on down the stretch especially if the big money guys like Gaborik and Richards continue to struggle.
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Also, in terms of trades. This is the team I want to have. I don't think any moves should be made, unless it is moving pyatt or powe for a draft pick or prospect. I like the roster we have now, besides Richards, but we should wait on him until we can take a run at Malkin. Honestly, there would be no better move than Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik finding their stroke and lighting it up. Also, i think our depth is much improved with Asham back, Newbury, Miller, and Kreider.
Don't do anything rash Glen
I'm loving his game right now. So much more noticeable than earlier in the season. Not sure if it was the ankle injury or him just over thinking, but either way he can be a game changer for the Rangers down the stretch.
@TheNYRBlog Im wondering how long the ankle was bothering him and if it caused what looked like a confidence issue. Looks A LOT better now
unless the Rangers could get in on Yandle, great right handed defenseman which we can't seem to find...
that was a rough night
are you talking to your cronies in Miami? 'cause i'm pretty sure you didn't tell anybody around here
the only player i would trade Kreider for is voynov..... Not that guy was a moron who was on the trade thing yesterday. I still think he was on acid if he thought Nash for Voynov was reasonable.... Get some better guys on cause that was a joke
@slapshot13j Trade him for Clowe.
@KevinDeLury Still want to see him to use that big body to hit people. Watching him speed up to get to a guy and have him all lined up for a hit and then slow down or turn away is so disappointing. I wonder if all that speed has led him to knock himself silly with hits so he has learned to slow down to avoid hurting himself.
Also want to see him stick up for himself. He got into some traffic areas and got under the skin of the Flyers (which is great!) but when they started pushing him around he didn't even get his hands up to protect himself.
All that said, I am enjoying his improved game. If he starts using the tools he has to play a complete game it could have a huge impact on the team winning down the stretch.
PS - anyone else notice that Joe Micheletti kept talking about the Cally, Miller, Gabrick lines as reunited from when Richards was out? I thought the line was Cally, Miller, Kreider.
@AG_Blue lol, Nash for Voynov? you would do that deal?
@AG_Blue he is a rare talent... Kind of like Rick Nash in a way. He is huge like Nash and they both have great shots, difference is that Nash has better hands and Kreider is faster. Honestly, he is to great a talent to not be great. When he gets his legs under him, and fully comprehends Torts system, watch out. Eventually, I would love to see a Kreider-Stepan-Nash line as our first line. I think that will come next year after training camp because face it, if Kreider has the same speed as Hagelin, what does he not have that Hagelin does. I love Hags and this year with his experience he is better suited up there, but next year he has to drop to the second line
oh, that makes a little more sense, actually ... i was just thinking how poised and ready everybody was for him to join us last playoffs ...
very excited to see him looking more comfortable out there
@AG_Blue O, well I said it night after night, when healthy Kreider is a top 6 forward on our team... people hated on me for it, but it seems what I said was true, huh Mcphee (the greatest hater of all)
i'm referring to your initial, all caps statement